Research Brief: Do High School Students Know Their Parents’ Income?

Drew M. Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Janet K. Holt, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

This brief investigates the financial knowledge of high students by comparing survey responses about parental income to more accurate data from the FAFSA. The study explores potential causes and consequences of this mismatch and implications for research using self-reported income. More

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Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway (2017-3)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Janet K. Holt, and Amber Kirchhoff

This policy report, published by the IERC, in partnership with IBHE, details how this pathway model fits in the Illinois context, describes the rationale for its development, and importantly, concludes with recommendations for Illinois policymakers and state agencies, as well as for higher education institutions to continue to develop and advance the early childhood workforce in Illinois. More

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Degrees with Less Debt: Effective Higher Education Strategies for Underrepresented Student Populations (2017-2)

Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Sarah K. Terrell

This study identifies five higher education institutions that were serving first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students by helping them to advance to graduation with less debt. From qualitative interviews with administrators and students, this report emphasizes the strategies and practices these institutions were employing to support underrepresented students to graduation. More

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Illinois’ Early Childhood Innovation Zones: A New Model for State Policy? (2017-1)

Bradford R. White, Carol E. Colaninno, Mimi Doll, and Holly Lewandowski

This study summarizes efforts made by Illinois Action for Children to encourage experimentation with new systemic change strategies to increase the number of Illinois’ most vulnerable children enrolled in high quality early learning programs. More

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Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016)

Stephanie A. Bernoteit, Johnna C. Darragh Ernst, and Nancy I. Latham (Eds)

Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation is jointly published by the IERC and IBHE, and highlights the accomplished work of many of our state’s two- and four-year faculty to redesign early childhood educator preparation programs to meet regional and state workforce needs. More

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Innovations for High Quality, Aligned Early Childhood Educator Preparation (2016-3)

Bradford R. White, Debra Mayconich Baron, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Daniel Q. Duffy

This qualitative implementation study provides a systematic review of the innovations and strategies EPPI grant recipients utilized in addressing common barriers and practice-oriented issues experienced in early childhood educator preparation. More

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